This seminar covers high profile legal controversies from the previous few years. Topics to be covered this semester will include recent Supreme Court decisions concerning affirmative action, the Voting Rights Act, campaign finance, the First Amendment, national security, and criminal procedure, as well as other legislative controversies and cases pending during the term. Students are required to complete a considerable amount of reading each week and participate actively in the seminar. The final paper will be approximately 30 pages in length and will concern a topic of the student's choice dealing with law and politics. Students can take the seminar for either 2 or 3 units. Students taking the seminar for 3 units are required to complete weekly written assignments in addition to the final paper. After the term begins, students accepted into the course can transfer from section (01) into section (02), for 3 units with instructor consent. Elements used in grading: Class participation, final paper and written assignments (optional).